Nigerians have taken to social media to demand for the immediate release of a former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the last general election, Omoyele Sowore.
The call for his release has been the number trend on Twitter since the news of his arrest broke.
Many Nigerians who are disgusted at the arrest called President Muhammadu Buhari a dictator who uses the security architecture of the state to silence his opponents, which cannot be tolerated in a democratic state.
Sowore, who is also an activist and publisher of Saharareporters was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services at his Lagos home in the early hours of Saturday.
The National Legal Adviser of the African Action Congress, Mr. Inibehe Effiong said that Sowore was arrested for planning a protest.
Sowore, who is a former Student Union President of the University of Lagos, has been arrested by government agencies in the past.
Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the substructure of our democracy. These kidnappings in the guise of arrests stands condemned. -AA
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) August 3, 2019
#FreeSowore Sowore has given the DSS every reasonable excuse to arrest him. Meetings with the IPOB separatist leader Kanu who has been threatening to burn down the country and a call for revolution few weeks after is a red flag.
Every sensible secret service will arrest him
— Dr. Guendouzi (Yaro mai Lokachi ) (@fimiletoks) August 3, 2019
Omoyele Sowore’s residence in Ikeja evaded around 1:25am, 3rd of August, Sowore arrested by DSS, phone seized.
Yesterday, 2nd of August, Abubakar Dadiyata was abducted by the DSS in Kaduna.
Who is next? Could be me or you. Speak out NOW!!! #FreeSowore #FreeDadiyata pic.twitter.com/JRV27Lnpo4
— B h a d o o s k y (@BhadmusAkeem) August 3, 2019
#FreeSowore Mr president do you still remember this protest pictures, who and who dey front of this picture, Mr buhari is you and you and you and you, but today you are sending DSS to arrest someone that is doing sametin that you did some years ago. #freesowore pic.twitter.com/iYOi2Q6Kdd
— P.Master (@peter_nuhu) August 3, 2019
If calling for a revolution is treasonable, at least 70% of Nigerians should be in jail. They have called for it at one point or the other, including those in government now when they were out of government! #FreeSowore ! https://t.co/zbIC2uUcba
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) August 3, 2019
This is the aftermath of what the armed DSS did to the convener of the #RevolutionNow movement @YeleSowore Car during his arrest overnight. When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty. #RevolutionNow #FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/h4AnTYoeh6
— Towolawi Jamiu (@jharmo) August 3, 2019
First they came for @Dadiyata, and I didn’t speak out — because I didn’t always agree with Dadiyata.
Then they came for @YeleSowore, and I didn’t speak out — because I rarely agreed with Sowore.#WhoIsNext…#FreeDadiyata #FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/u9TzVe1F7E
— Olu W. (@OnemolaOlu) August 3, 2019
No one deserves to be arrested for planning to stage a peaceful protest.
This kind of act is cruel and against human rights.
No matter how much you dislike Sowore, I won’t rate you if you support such show of shame by the DSS and whoever sent them. #FreeSowore
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 3, 2019
I doubt the intelligence of Buhari’s advisers, they just fell into Sowore’s bait. Now people will hate Buhari’s government more. #FreeSowore
— Olawale. (@NeymanjaWale) August 3, 2019
I see all sorts of people trying to justify @YeleSowore ‘s arrest.STOP! No ifs and buts about people’s right to protest. And no, you cannot arrest someone in the anticipation that he will commit a crime.All that premptive nonsense started by #Bush is anti democracy #FreeSowore
— Kadaria Ahmed (@KadariaAhmed) August 3, 2019
Our democracy is a block of ice floating on warm waters.The sponsored protest and attacks on the @AmnestyNigeria stands condemned.The arrest & detention of @YeleSowore is needless.I join the call for his release #FreeSowore.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) August 3, 2019
This #FreeSowore campaign reminds me of The time 2face idibia tried to carry out a protest but backed out at the 11th hour.
Honestly, at this point , nothing is new in this our naija pic.twitter.com/2dnaBe62ZJ
— fuudgirl (@DantiLicious) August 3, 2019
When you guys were voting this government in shebi you didn’t know these wrongs Will happen.#FreeSowore pic.twitter.com/pcuSoYNT13
— fuudgirl (@DantiLicious) August 3, 2019
Our weapon is our voice, our speech, and the freedom to use it has been sanctioned in our constitution. You can’t take it away from us. #FreeSowore #FreeDadiyata
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) August 3, 2019
The judiciary must save Nigeria!!
This is full blown dictatorship!!! #FreeDadiyata #FreeSowore
— ATIKU IS COMING ☺?????? (@PDP_2019) August 3, 2019
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